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Roof Rat

(Rattus rattus)

Appearance

Roof rats are brown or black-gray in color, with a white-gray or black underside. Their tail is scaly and naked, and is always longer than the head and the body combined. Their fur is smooth.

Size

Approximately 13-inches in length including the tail. Roof rats are slightly smaller than Norway rats.

Behavior

Roof rats will eat almost anything, but they prefer fruit, vegetables, and cereal products. Contrary to mice, rats need a free-standing water source in order to survive, as they do not get the moisture needed from their food source alone. Roof rats eat a lot at one time, and will return to that place time after time for food. It is common to see grease and dirt marks along their travel paths. They are excellent climbers.

Habitat

Roof rats nest within structures in high places, but sometimes in basements, sewers, or under buildings. Outdoors, roof rats nest in high places (such as trees) as well, but sometimes in burrows under plants.

Interesting Facts

Roof rats have a long record as carriers of plague and are often called "ship rats." They are destructive to property and stored foods. They also tend to carry fleas and mites in their fur.

Control

Do you live in South Florida and think that this rodent may be invading your home? Hulett Environmental Services offers the most advanced and effective rodent prevention and control services!

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